The winner of the 2019 European Games will therefore get 7.000 points (which will be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualification campaign). On 6-9 September 2018 Belarus will be hosting a Circuit tournament for the first time – a Future Series tournament which will serve as test event for the European Games.
The three-time Olympic champion maintained her lead until the first standing stage when the Belarusian had a penalty to give way to Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia who won the race in 28:51.4, with one penalty.
Belarus will play in League D against Azerbaijan, Macedonia and Georgia in Pot 1. Pot 2 will include Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, and Luxembourg. Pot 3 will feature Kazakhstan, Moldova, Lichtenstein, and Malta. Pot 4 will comprise Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, and Gibraltar.
“It is hard for me to judge what is going on there. What do we know? So far there has been this media frenzy. We have not heard any calm sound arguments yet. There had not been any, at least before the Russian president made a statement (and I think he was right),” Alexander Lukashenko said.